Interview by Cecilia Ann Bang
What would be a typical day for you at Maersk Oil?
Every day at Maersk Oil has been atypical from the moment I joined the MITAS programme. During the three eight-month rotations, I worked as an Offshore Engineer in Denmark and Qatar and finally finished the programme as a Well Optimisation Engineer in the Copenhagen offices. I now work as a Well Site Engineer in the Danish Business Unit and spend my off-time working with a small team on the continuation of our MITAS business case idea at Oslo Plads, Copenhagen.
Working on the Maersk Resilient drilling rig in the North Sea, my work routine mainly entails supervising workover operations and engaging with our rig crew and service companies. The rig does repairs of existing wells, so plans change quickly and we need to make sure every operation is safe and efficient.
How did the MITAS programme change your take on becoming a Well Site Engineer?
My MITAS programme experience has given a great introduction and changed my understanding of the oil industry; how the different disciplines fit together and feed into each other. With a background in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics the Well Site Engineer position had not been a specific aim of mine during my studies. Once I learned more about it, I was interested in the adventure and fascinated by the chance to be right at the sharp end of our business. The rig, the rotary table, right there – that is where we really make a difference for Maersk Oil. Still to this day, it fascinates me.
For me the MITAS programme combined offshore experiences with office work, expat life in the Middle East, great modules and lots of courses and travel; today I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to apply all that experience both offshore and onshore.
Zooming in on being part of a winning MITAS team, what were your experiences when collaborating across Business Units with other graduates?
I was lucky enough to be part of a really well-functioning team working on a business case that fits perfectly into the strategy for the company. Despite the group being so diverse in culture, all having studied different degrees at different universities and with very different backgrounds, communicating, committing and working effectively together was never a problem. I think those two factors - the group dynamics and the Light Workover Rig Business Case - were the deciding factors setting us apart from the other groups.
Lastly, my team’s idea quickly caught senior management’s attention and actually became reality; the small rig project I am currently part of is working on the continuation of the business case – a fascinating new rig project for DBU. I believe that says a lot about Maersk Oil as a company. The company might have a conservative reputation, but that is not my experience at all. The fact that our business case is carried forward is a good example of that.
What do you do when you are not working?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I really enjoy CrossFit. However, my hobby is fast cars since I lived in Munich and did a project with BMW – I’ve become
a true petrol head.